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May 9, 2013 4:21 PM

8 Gregory-Portland Students Come Down with Chicken Pox

CORPUS CHRISTI - Gregory-Portland ISD has confirmed eight students were sent home within the past week for the chicken pox.

All eight students were vaccinated, but according to San Patricio County health authority Dr. James Mobley, it's not unheard of for vaccinated children to still get chicken pox.

"This vaccine is highly effective, but none of them are 100 percent," said Dr. Mobley.

Dr. Mobley and GPISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore are calling the incident a minor outbreak breakout. The first the county has seen in a long time.

GPISD says the affected students came from each of the five schools in the district. Dr. Mobley tells us that seven of the children are from the same family.

The district has kept an eye on the situation since last Friday. There's no new reports of chicken pox within the past 48 hours. The district is not assuming the break out is over for another week or two. That's the typical incubation period for the virus.

Dr. Mobley and GPISD says if your child has a fever or a rash take them immediately to the doctor.

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